Ousted OWN CEO Christina Norman Lands at AOL Huffington Post Media Group

12:13 PM PST 08/01/2011 by Georg Szalai

She will serve as executive editor of the new HuffPost Black Voices and will also focus on program and video development across the group.

NEW YORK - After being ousted from her post as CEO of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in May, Christina Norman has taken on the role of executive editor of Black Voices, a new site that the AOL Huffington Post Media Group is expected to launch later this week, and will also develop content and video for the whole group, a spokesman confirmed Monday.

PaidContent had first reported Norman's role earlier on Monday, saying that she will kick off her new job with a Huffington Post essay about the circumstances of her departure from OWN.

“It’s a great lesson for women, that when one door closes, another one opens,” the site quoted Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, as saying. “There is enormous pressure on high-profile women to succeed, to constantly prove themselves. I met Christina in Los Angeles when she was the head of OWN. After she left, I asked her if she wanted to do something completely different.”

In a Web post on Monday that announced the launch of HuffPost Women and HuffPost PArents, Huffington said she would write more about Black Voices later in the week.

Norman was president of MTV prior to leading OWN. Mixed ratings momentum in its early going following its January launch led to her departure.

After she left, Discovery Communications COO Peter Liguori stepped in as interim CEO. Last month, it emerged that Oprah Winfrey herself will add the CEO and chief creative officer titles at OWN.

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